Friday, October 10, 2008

Blacksmith Rd

Wandering around Malacca, I came across Jalan Tukang Besi which literally means Blacksmith Road. Well guess what? There are I think only 2 of these geezers left and it seems that they are the last of a dying breed.

It's quite funny though, as you follow the Heritage Trail of Malacca, the last thing you would expect to see on the trail are blacksmiths but hey, they are part of the trail and that's what make them special.

Notice the the road sign is actually made of wood

Once Upon A Time

I was in Malacca this morning attending to a matter at the Melaka High Court. With a little bit of spare time, I thought I'd go for some sight-seeing with my handy Leica.

Well as you can see the photos here are of the places of worship of the various races in Malaysia. The 1st picture is the one of the Christ Church built in 1753, followed by pictures 2 & 3 of Masjid Kampung Kling. No. 4 is the Cheng Hoon Teng temple dedicated to the goddess Kwan Yin. It was built in 1673 and is supposedly the nation's oldest functioning temple. No. 5 is the Chetty temple.

The beauty of these places of worship is not that they are buildings of religious & historical value but that they are virtually built next to each other and are in close proximity. Perhaps once upon a time in Malaysia people were more tolerant and respectful towards each others' religious beliefs.